Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter will face mental competency hearing on April 28
COLORADO SPRINGS, March 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The man who opened fire in a Colorado Planned Parenthood the day after Thanksgiving will likely be sent to a mental institution.
During a hearing this morning, the attorney for Robert Lewis Dear Jr. asked that his client be committed to a facility where he can receive psychological treatment.
But today, District Attorney Dan May asked for a mental competency hearing to take place before Dear is sent away.
Judge Gilbert Martinez scheduled the proceedings for Thursday, April 28. It will take place at 9 a.m. local time.
Judge Martinez will consider unsealing records. According to KRDO-TV, he will release redacted copies of the arrest record and court affidavits sometime during the next three weeks.
Dear told local media last week that his attorney told him that a mental health evaluation showed he had such profound psychiatric issues that he would never go to trial.
"My lawyer just came to the jail and said, 'Look, it says there on that page, Dr. Gray from Pueblo says that he's incompetent to stand trial,'” Dear said.
During his court appearances, Dear rocked frantically and raised his voice with slow but boisterous interruptions claiming to be the victim of a vast federal conspiracy that had followed him from one side of the nation to another. Federal agents, he said, had spent years spying on his every move and intending to kill him.
The choice of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood abortion facility was made “spur of the moment,” while he felt he was being stalked by malicious agents, he said. He said he planned to plead guilty and face the death penalty for the November 27 shooting spree that left three dead and nine more wounded.
Speaking after one of Dear's perpetual courtroom outbursts last year, King asked the judge for enough time to “learn the depth of Mr. Dear’s mental illness.”
In court today, King said he had “no problems” with Dear's psychological report.
But the left-wing blogosphere tried to intimate that Dear was a “Christian terrorist” and exemplar of the pro-life movement. Some seized on his courtroom statements as proof.
"I am a warrior for the babies!" Dear shouted at his second hearing on December 9. "I am guilty!"
Today, Dear continued his string of cryptic remarks, saying, “The Hebrew word for lightning is ‘barak’ – like Barack Obama,” according to media reports.
Media reports indicate the statement made no sense in context of the day's hearings.